Defense is the major key for Buccaneers against Cowboys

Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports
Shaquil Barrett, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports /

The defense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the crucial unit that will ultimately determine if the Buccaneers will move on or go home.

It’s pretty safe to say that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys matchup is the most anticipated game of Super Wildcard weekend. It’s easy to see why, considering Tom Brady is involved and the Cowboys are the Cowboys. There’s a reason the game is on Monday Night as the finale after all.

While Brady and the defense of the Cowboys will get most of the attention, it’s actually the other matchup that should end up being the most significant. Simply put, the defense of the Buccaneers has to step up, and show out against Dak Prescott and the Cowboys.

Getting to Prescott is the key for the Bucs. He has thrown the most interceptions in the entire NFL, and he also missed five games. That is significant. What is also significant is the fact that Brady and the boys haven’t exactly setting the world on fire offensively. With that being the case, it’s going to be up to the defense to carry the day, which is a place Buccaneers fans have known and loved for decades.

That shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the Buccaneers though.

It may seem like the times of the Old Testament at this point, but way back in week one the Bucs defeated the Cowboys in Jerry World by a score of 19-3. The offense didn’t quite come out guns-a-blazin’, but with the play of the defense, it was enough to eat the W.

Obviously, it’s crucial for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to score points. However, given the way both teams are trending, and have played all season including week one, they don’t need to light up the scoreboard, so long as the defense performs. This is the key.